There was a fun map in the 10/25 New York Times Op-Art section showing the state of the states and which way they are leaning, politically. Billed as "a whimsical electoral map created by Chris Harris and Stephanie Chen," thankfully, they did not go with reds and blues. But because it is newsprint (at least how I saw it) the cartographers had to go to all those creative patterns and shadings that are better left unused. I especially liked Washington: "Fed up with the whole mess: switched over to Canada," and Alabama: "Lord I'm comin' home to you." A little whimsy is good right about now.